Sad to report the passing of former Canwest publicity manager Dan Kenning. Kenning, who had moved on to an editing position at MediaEdge publishing, was a real spark plug over at TVTropolis, a perfect fit at the classic TV net. He was friendly and efficient, knew his stuff and had great enthusiasm for vintage shows from the '70s and '80s, holding the lyrics to everything from Maude to The Golden Girls in his head (and thus endearing him for life with his former boss, Sandra Puglielli).
Kenning was largely responsible for rounding up Rob Salen, Eric Kohanik and myself, along with several other media types, for a memorable scribe showdown on the TVTropolis series Inside The Box. Salem won the TV trivia test, but Kenning reminded all of us of why we got in this game, that it was because we love the shared experience of television.
As they used to say of Maude, he was compromisin', enterprisin', anything but tranquilizing.
Kenning succumbed to cancer Monday in Winnipeg. He was just 33 years old. Condolences to his family and many friends in the industry.
UPDATE: Kenning's funeral will take place this coming Monday in Winnipeg; details will be in Saturday's Winnipeg Free Press. In lieu of flowers, the Kenning family has requested donations in Dan's memory be sent to St. Boniface Hospital and Research for Cancer Care D1003-409 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R2H 2A6.